Novus (The Cresecren Chronicles) (Book 1) by Crystal Marcos
WordsAPlenty received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This book is also a B.R.A.G Medallion Honoree, 2016 indieBRAG!
“Their fate was to be no one’s son or daughter, no one’s brother or sister, no one’s father or mother, no one’s kin.”
This is the life of a Cresecren. Set in a dystopian future, life is different – humans now have Cresecren’s to do their bidding. Created beings Cresecrens live by the rules of no harm to humans, no emotional or physical contact, and you do as you are told, no questions! Cayden was born a Cresecren but due to a “sexual misconduct with a human” situation, he found himself thrust into Gavaron, where all retired, ill, or banished Cresecrens go to eke out an existence.
However, Cayden and a few of his friends discover that their world is no more; Gavaron and residents are dead and they are the hunted. Taken in by strangers through a journey of escape and discovery Cayden and his friends discover there are conspiracies everywhere. And to top it all off, Cayden finds love – with a human, Linnayah. Deadly encounters, double crosses and more keep the tight group moving, searching for escape.
Just when they think they have found a safe place, Cayden discovers their most recent savior is collecting them.
“It is the first step in suppressing what Amaury considers negative emotions.”
Cayden must decide as do the others, do they stay and enjoy life as it is or do they continue to seek their freedom and possibly die?
Action packed, futuristic dystopian world is exciting and realistic. Crystal Marcos, author, does an excellent job of creating this future world and raising moral questions within the story through Cayden, his friends and enemies.
The characters are fully developed; the plot is executed perfectly tying everything together. Marcos is a splendid storyteller with a rich and vivid vocabulary to capture the attention of her audience. She develops the underdog, Cayden, beautifully giving his voice a strong presence. Marcos captures the emotional and mental state of teenagers expertly allowing her readers to grasp those emotions and thoughts clearly.
This is a story that not only will have you thinking about it long after you have turned the last page but the characters will continue to pop into your mind. As a reader you want to rush to the end to see what happens but in the same sense you don’t want the book to end.
WordsAPlenty gives this book a 5 star rating for its clear writing style, action, character development and attention holding plot. Kudos to Crystal Marcos!